Read in the paper where city officials are contemplating raising parking fees for both hourly and seasonal passes ("City to consider doubling seawall parking rate," The Daily News, Dec. 2). The hourly rate increase probably could be justified; however, the proposed increase in the seasonal pass from $25 to $45 seems excessive, and is something I personally wouldn't purchase.

I currently do have the $25 pass and have managed to make it to the beach only a few times. But here's my suggestion, if you throw in parking citywide, including The Strand area, I'd certainly buy the pass at $45. I'm sure most folks would like to visit the downtown area more often and having a pass and not having to deal with any machine would be beneficial to most, and therefore, increase the sale of said pass.

Bruce Luerson

La Marque


(7) comments

Michael Byrd

I can honestly say I have never heard anyone say they wouldn’t go downtown because they had to deal with a parking machine.

Gary Miller

Raising his fee is good, raising my fee is bad?

Don Schlessinger


Karen Sawyer

If there was a city wide $45.00 parking pass, everyone that works downtown would buy one and there would be NO PLACE for anyone to park. Downtown employees now pay $80.00 a month at the garage

Rusty Schroeder

True. Sounds like that would be an incentive for more pedestrian or cyclist travel.

Allison Buchtien

Yeah, the city would never have a downtown parking pass.

Bailey Jones

Maybe a workable compromise would be $25 for residents, $45 for tourists?

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